Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement: “To be on the cover of Vogue doesn’t define Mrs. Trump, she’s been there, done that long before she was First Lady.”
“Her role as First Lady of the United States and all that she does is much more important than some superficial photo shoot and cover,” she added.
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“This just further demonstrates how biased the fashion magazine industry is, and shows how insecure and small-minded Anna Wintour really is.”
During an interview with CNN last week, Wintour hinted that the magazine is not politically impartial, as she revealed: “I believe and I think that those of us that work at Conde Nast believe that you have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to take a point of view.”
During her husband Barack Obama’s presidency, former First Lady Michelle Obama graced the cover of Vogue a grand total of three times.
While the magazine has also featured New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and former First Lady Hillary Clinton (who starred on the cover back in 1998 midway through her husband’s term).
“Obviously these are women that we feel are icons and inspiring to women from a global perspective,” Wintour explained.
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Although she did not explicitly reference Trump, the 69-year-old added: “I also feel even more strongly now that this is a time to try and – I think that one has to be fair, one has to look at all sides – but I don’t think it’s a moment not to take a stand. I think you can’t be everything to everybody.”
The First Lady has yet to be asked to grace the cover of Vogue since her husband, US President Donald Trump, won the 2016 election.
But the former model hasn’t always been on bad terms with Wintour, as the former model famously appeared on the February 2005 cover of Vogue wearing a wedding dress shortly after her nuptials.